Back To School At CSULB: Ninja Stars, Nudists, Drunk Girls and Satanic Tagging

It’s not often in a journalists life that telling it like it is yields a headline as cool as the Daily 49er‘s first campus-crime roundup of the semester: “Cal State Long Beach student arrested for throwing ninja stars.”

Yes, re-read it.

Let it sink in.

Ninja stars. 

But that’s not all that happened during the first week of school at CSULB. Just when I thought that an 18 year-old getting arrested for “throwing ninja stars and knives at trees outside of Parkside College” late at night might have been the craziest thing to happen in these early homework-free days, the 49er proceeded to enlighten me about a nude man reported to be wandering the campus in the twilight hours (he never located), a stolen facilities maintenence cart (it was found a few parking lots away) and two female students drunkenly yelling at each other outside of Parkside Commons.  

Oh yeah, this is all in addition to the “666 HAIL SATAN” and pentagram tagged on the door of a classroom in the Fine Arts building. 

Why wasn’t college this interesting when I went?

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.